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Old 10-11-2008, 04:52 PM   #1
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What defines the Focus for you on the exterior?

When you see a Focus (factory) coming down the street or sitting in a parking lot, what is the first thing that you see on the outside that tells you it's a Focus? For me, it's always been the headlights (on the '00-'04 models). The very first time I saw a Focus, the headlights popped out at me. They seem unique to the car.


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agreed.... it's the headlights and also the fenders that do it for me. on model specifics, it's the taillights that give it away for both the hatch and sedan
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I remember when I bought my first Focus, a '00 ZX3 Kona. I pulled into the guys driveway, and I saw the front end. Ohhhh those headlights, that bumper and those fogs. It was lust at first sight, and I fell in love after I drove it.

So to answer your question, it was the entire front end (on both the 00-04 and 05-07 styles).
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agreed.... it's the headlights and also the fenders that do it for me. on model specifics, it's the taillights that give it away for both the hatch and sedan
Speaking of which, I think Honda took a cue from Ford on their tail lights.

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^^WOW, I never noticed that
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i have and thought about maybe doing a swap if it was possible
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i have and thought about maybe doing a swap if it was possible
Swap identical tail lights?
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^^^^ good point. haha. i would say that for the hatches it is just the general shape of the car. it looks like an egg from far away. the sedans i don't notice very easaly.
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-headlights

-the US grille I can spot from a MILE away.

-tails on the hatch at night (droopy eyes)

on the interior, that swooping cut in the dash on the first gen ones. Together with that and the center cluster.
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From the front, the Focus looks like any number of small cars......very hard to identify, except up close. From the rear, the hatch models are distinctive, because of the tail light location. That look is what caught my eye long before I bought a Focus.

From the side.....without the high tail-light, the shape is similar to a number of newer hatch-backs. So I guess I bought my car because of the location of the tail light.....
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